(2) Jaime Contreras (Small)

 

708-268-7590

Personal Information

In 1995, my wife, Maria, and I married and moved to Northlake in August of 1998. We have been blessed with three wonderful children. Our oldest, Jocelyn, is attending St. Mary’s College and majoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Saul is a sophomore at Proviso Math and Science Academy, and plays soccer for Proviso West. Jose Manuel is currently attending Northlake Middle School where takes part in their basketball team.

Professional Experience

During my time in the states, I have worked as a Union laborer since 1995 for Local 68. I am currently working as a Foreman for Kenny Construction Civil Group. In addition to that, I am a certified soccer coach through US Soccer Federation  (USSF), and run a soccer program named Shooting Stars, in Northlake.

Education

  • Business Administration at UANL in Mexico.
  • Associate Degree from Triton College as a Stationary Engineer (HVAC) 

Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to run for office?

It has always been a pleasure to serve my community, especially the school district. When I was elected as a Write-In Candidate for the School Board of Education District 87, I realized this was an opportunity for me to do more for our community.  It was exciting to have Mayor Sherwin call me to schedule a meeting, and offer me a promotion to fill a vacant positon as a City Council Alderman for the 2nd Ward.  Being an Alderman has allowed me to contribute and give back to the community by helping our citizens of Northlake.

What are your reflections on your time in office?

It is a pleasure to work with the City Council, and to be a part of the decisions taken to strive for a better community and a better future for our families and children of Northlake.

What is your philosophy as an elected official?

As I promote the development of our City’s infrastructure, I pledge to give my honesty to our people and to do everything possible to make sure that the needs of our citizens are met and their voices be heard.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved in politics or local government, etc.?

Become involved in the community! There are so many opportunities open for you to help contribute in bettering our community. Volunteer at your local church, schools, and sport programs. Remember to serve our community with an optimistic mindset and never give up!